「ありったけの嘘を君に」 (Arittake no Uso o Kimi ni)
“All of the Lies for You”
Luckily, many of the concerns that me and other newer audiences of Seishun Buta Yarou had regarding the “misunderstanding” were assuaged by Mai talking with Sakuta to get an understanding of the situation and making sure that nothing was going on as part of the plan to fake a relationship with Koga. In the process of clearing the air, it was a chance for Mai to solidify her role in Sakuta’s life as her visit to his apartment allowed her to give Kaede a fashionable outfit as a gift. It was sweet to see how the situation hasn’t changed the dynamic between the two at all with them planning out the proper way to get started again once the fake relationship reaches its course. One scene that raised suspicion in how the route will unfold was Mai’s warning for Sakuta not to get too careless. Although he tried to reassure her that he wouldn’t cheat, her warning was most likely steering towards the possibility that Koga’s feelings might be caught in a tailspin as a result of the fake relationship.
And with how the episode ends, the warning Mai didn’t get to finish could just be what plays into Laplace’s demon getting kicked into gear once again with the level of regret Koga seemed to show after seeing the drink commercial Mai was in. In fact, Koga’s largest problem that is feeding into her Adolescence Syndrome is her addiction to validation and popularity on social media. She is outright obsessed with how others think of her, and goes out of her way to read what everyone is saying to her and about her in order to make sure that nobody has a chip on her shoulder over her. After Futaba found that time was moving normally because the source of Laplace’s demon has been pleased with the way fate has been rolling, doubt is bound to surface with the impression that Sakuta has been making on Koga. Sakuta running away with her after getting revenge on her previous admirer for spreading malicious rumors after his rejection was also a small taste of what she could have if the relationship was real. Knowing she did all of this while he was still in a relationship with Mai, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the final part of Koga’s arc being about trying to get her to accept herself before she gets too carried away in trying to keep up appearances with a fake relationship and a fake reputation to get him to stay.
With all of Koga’s flaws, however, it gives Sakuta the chance to take the front wheel by having a better opportunity to shine through as a stronger character. The humbling he received after going out of his way to help Mai had an effect on his approach to others as he has been more open to be involved with others around him. The chemistry he had with Mai helped them become a symbiotic force to be reckoned with, but since he’s trying to handle Koga’s case alone, he is able to have more judgement calls with how to control his interactions with those around him and how he handles his lack of interest in the positive or negative reputation he accrues. This attitude is what gives him better insight in handling Koga as the polar opposite of her by trying to show her that being overly concerned about reputation is limiting and crippling, especially in light of his own experiences with the Adolescence Syndrome where public opinion and social media fuels its hazardous effects. His personality is able to come out with the focus on him since the lack of comebacks he would normally get from Mai gives him the leeway to be ballsy, smug, funny, and perverted with ease. Sakuta’s interactions with Futaba seem to be bridging towards a possible confrontation between her, Kunimi, and his girlfriend, but for now, he has enough on his plate with the possibility of being sucked into another loop.